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2018 International RL
Post Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:02 am
Posted by DGM on Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:02 am
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So the World Cup kicks off in just a few weeks, but what's happening in 2018 and beyond?

We've seen a vague plan that 2018 is a New Zealand tour to Europe, 2019 is a GB Tour, 2020 a Kangaroo Tour to Europe, 2021 Wold Cup in England.


In contrast, the RFU today announced their opponents, dates, sponsor & broadcaster for their 2018 Autumn Internationals:

http://www.englandrugby.com/news/englan ... confirmed/

The 2019 6 Nations fixtures were also announced some time ago:

http://www.sixnationsrugby.com/en/news/ ... j5wEsPT.97
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Re: 2018 International RL
Post Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:13 pm
Posted by Smith's Brolly on Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:13 pm
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DGM wrote:
So the World Cup kicks off in just a few weeks, but what's happening in 2018 and beyond?

We've seen a vague plan that 2018 is a New Zealand tour to Europe, 2019 is a GB Tour, 2020 a Kangaroo Tour to Europe, 2021 Wold Cup in England.


In contrast, the RFU today announced their opponents, dates, sponsor & broadcaster for their 2018 Autumn Internationals:

http://www.englandrugby.com/news/englan ... confirmed/

The 2019 6 Nations fixtures were also announced some time ago:

http://www.sixnationsrugby.com/en/news/ ... j5wEsPT.97


Until RL fans no longer have the mentality to only buy tickets once they're going cheap a few weeks before the game, there is no point having some sort of plan/methodology for the next generation of International matches.

Only half kidding with the above statement.
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Re: 2018 International RL
Post Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:23 pm
Posted by Bullseye on Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:23 pm
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Smith's Brolly wrote:
Until RL fans no longer have the mentality to only buy tickets once they're going cheap a few weeks before the game, there is no point having some sort of plan/methodology for the next generation of International matches.

Only half kidding with the above statement.


Prior to SL people used to save up thousands to go on supporter trips to accompany teams on overseas tours. The did it because the tours were set in stone. Give enough notice and you can market the games better too.

But international RL is an afterthought because of the parochial attitude of RL club owners.
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Re: 2018 International RL
Post Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:24 pm
Posted by bramleyrhino on Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:24 pm
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Smith's Brolly wrote:
Until RL fans no longer have the mentality to only buy tickets once they're going cheap a few weeks before the game, there is no point having some sort of plan/methodology for the next generation of International matches.

Only half kidding with the above statement.


I don't even think it's a case of half kidding. If international RL was more commercially viable, it would be higher on the agenda of both the RFL and NRL.

The average ticket at Twickenham when the All Blacks turn up must be in the region of £70-80 at least. That makes it worth the RFU's while to schedule internationals properly, and it makes it worthwhile for the respective governing bodies to work together to create a complete international calendar.

I don't know for certain, but I'd bet good money that the NRL sends out far fewer emails with voucher codes for State of Origin than the RFL does for England tests. What commercial value is there for the NRL / NZRL to work with the RFL when we're giving away 10,000 half-price vouchers for tickets with a face value of £20?
I wish everyone would read bramleyrhino's post two or three times just to get it through some thick skulls


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Re: 2018 International RL
Post Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:49 pm
Posted by Biff Tannen on Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:49 pm
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The GB tour and Kangaroo tour back to back makes no sense to me. Should have been looking at getting back to the every two years on cycle like they had it before with everything else in between.
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Re: 2018 International RL
Post Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:11 pm
Posted by JEAN CAPDOUZE on Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:11 pm
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I rather liked Four Nations, especially when France was one of the Four Nations.
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Re: 2018 International RL
Post Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:26 pm
Posted by yorksguy1865 on Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:26 pm
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JEAN CAPDOUZE wrote:
I rather liked Four Nations, especially when France was one of the Four Nations.


Nah, gets boring watching France get slaughtered all the time...
Re: 2018 International RL
Post Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:04 pm
Posted by Lebron James on Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:04 pm
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99.99999% of the world don't even know there is a rugby league World Cup this year. I haven't seen anything in the media about it

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Re: 2018 International RL
Post Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:12 pm
Posted by Sir Kevin Sinfield on Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:12 pm
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I doubt Australia will be playing next year as they didn't after the 2013 World Cup.

If England are playing New Zealand in a series it should be pushed at the Grand Final (in the match day programme) and throughout the World Cup. I would be very pleasantly surprised if this is the case, Nigel doesn't earn enough to be that organised.
Re: 2018 International RL
Post Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:17 pm
Posted by Sir Kevin Sinfield on Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:17 pm
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Lebron James wrote:
99.99999% of the world don't even know there is a rugby league World Cup this year. I haven't seen anything in the media about it

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Do you live In Australia, New Zealand or PNG? If not what would you expect to see? Premier Sports have been running World Cup adverts for some time. The BBC should do nearer the event, to be fair to the BBC they have very little RL coverage and don't do many adverts so it's too early to criticise them for not doing so yet.

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